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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Academic Programs

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Adacemic Programs at the William F. Connell School of Nursing

As a student at Boston College's William F. Connell School of Nursing, you will gain the skills, knowledge, and perspective necessary to join a vibrant community of nursing leaders. Our programs are designed to meet the needs of all students, from those who have been nurses for several decades to those who are just beginning to consider a career in nursing.

Undergraduate Program

Our bachelor of science degree is designed for traditional full-time students. The bachelor's degree takes four years of study to complete, and transfer students are considered.

Master's, post-master's, and direct master's entry programs

These programs are designed for individuals who are looking for a pathway to advanced nursing practice as a nurse practitioner (NP), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), or nurse anesthetist (CRNA). Programs are available for individuals from a variety of backgrounds, including RNs with or without a bachelor's degree, nurses who already have a master's degree and are interested in further study, and non-nurses with a bachelor’s degree in another field who are interested in entering nursing and becoming advanced practice nurses (NPs or CNSs). 

Doctoral Program

The PhD program is designed for nurses who seek to advance the science of nursing through research and scholarly inquiry.  Graduates pursue careers in research, nursing education and leadership.   Individuals with a master’s degree in nursing or a related field are eligible for the PhD program.  Outstanding students with a baccalaureate degree in nursing may be considered for acceptance into a joint MS/PhD program of study.